Avondale Avondale Avondale Avondale- -- -Waterview Waterview Waterview Waterview Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated Historical Society Incorporated
No. 60November—December 2012
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
Next meeting:Saturday 1 December 2012, 2.30 pmSt Ninians ChurchSt Georges Road,opposite Hollywood Cinema
Auckland Council Unitary Plan
Partington’s Mill talk, by Lisa Truttman.
Bruce Harvey, author of a number of bookson West Auckland, will talk to us on the wreck of theHMS
(1863) at the Manukau Heads. Nextyear marks the 150th anniversary of the disaster.I was personally dismayed to hear that, after all theto-ing and fro-ing of the plans for the Waterview endof the SH20 project, the decision has come down thatthe school is to be demolished and relocated over thiscoming summer break period.
The school, however, is working on a wonderfulheritage project to collect and present images andmemories from the school’s past, over six decades.You can find more information here:
or contact the school directly.
December meeting:Bring your old cup
As suggested by Alison Turner at the last meeting, if you’re coming along to the December meeting on Sat-urday 1 December — bring an old cup, something fromout of the bone china collection, or even just a favour-ite, to partake of our usual post-meeting cuppa andrefreshments.
Dorothy Elaine Bollard, known as Elaine, died inOctober aged 84. Elaine, along with her son Richardand Margaret Bassett, connected me in with theheritage of John Bollard and his family right from2001, and all three joined the AWHS. I still rememberElaine’s kind hospitality when I visited her to perusethe volume of the Avondale Road Board minutes stillin the Bollard family possession, and it was Elaine Iturned to as a contact regarding wording on interpretivesigns here in Avondale which have appeared over theyears, ensuring John Bollard’s name as one of thefounders of our district is not forgotten.My condolences and sympathies to the Bollard familyregarding their loss.While it was wonderful that I received invitations toattend early stakeholder feedback sessions on theUnitary Plan from both the Albert-Eden and Whaulocal boards, I found the process overall immenselyfrustrating and ultimately disappointing.
All the legacy council district plans have to be amalga-mated into one unitary plan — hence the name — withsubmissions starting in March next year. But my mainfocus as your President is on heritage. And afterattending two sessions, I’m still very little the wiser asto what exactly Auckland Council intend to do regard-ing this aspect. Lack of information provided is onething — while residential, environment and businessproposals were well documented and information fullyprovided as to the proposals to date — similar forheritage was not provided. To cap it off, I was invitedby the Whau Local Board to the wrong session all theway in the Trust Stadium in Henderson. The sessionon the real guts of the heritage proposals for theWestern Auckland areas was apparently on anothernight entirely.Some information came forward at a meeting theCharacter Coalition had with Council staff at the TownHall during the last month — but still, I feel I amunable to provide any kind of informed feedback as tothis component of the Unitary Plan. The Albert-EdenLocal Board did quite well considering the vastness of the topic — their first session in early October coveredall the aspects, including heritage (although, of course,Council hadn’t been able to provide details on that at